Irish jumps racing best bets – Tips at Clonmel on Thursday 1 April
Thursday Irish jumps racing tips at Clonmel
We look over the day’s Irish jumps racing action and pick out our best bets and tips at Clonmel on Thursday 1 April.
A new month kicks off on Thursday with one meeting taking place in Ireland to complement the fixtures in the UK and an evening card over the sticks goes to post at Clonmel where seven races await punters.
We’ve looked over the day’s racecard and have picked out our Irish jumps best bets and tips at Clonmel on Thursday.
IRISH JUMPS RACING BEST BETS – TIPS AT CLONMEL ON THURSDAY 1 APRIL
4:30 Clonmel – Join Tote.ie Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m2½f
WESTERN ZARA finished runner-up in a point-to-point last March prior to joining Paul Nolan and the Westerner mare shaped well on her hurdles debut at Fairyhouse in February where she found only one too good in Norwigi.
Although she was beaten eight lengths on that occasion she bumped into a potentially smart rival and she in turn was eleven lengths clear of the third so it was a decent effort in the circumstances although the form has taken a couple of knocks.
This extra couple of furlongs could unlock further improvement as could the lessons learned from the initial experience and if building on that first run then she could go one better here and get off the mark at the second attempt.
5:00 Clonmel – Tote.ie Home Of The Placepot Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m2½f
MISTER BUTLER makes his debut for new handler RP Burns having ended his time with Charles Byrnes with a brace of runner-up efforts at Cork and Fairyhouse, the former over fences and the latter over the smaller obstacles where he was beaten just over two lengths behind Laid Back Luke.
The veteran Presenting gelding scored his last win back in July 2019 when trained by Denis Hogan but he might be able to end his losing run here if able to repeat the level he showed last time.
He’s 2lbs higher in the weights here but Cathal Landers’ claim helps to offset that additional weight and while this shorter trip isn’t entirely ideal having shown his best form over further he should nevertheless remain competitive and he ought to go close.
5:35 Clonmel – Quirke uPVC Windows (Clonmel) Beginners Chase (5yo+) 2m4f
None of these could be labelled consistent but SHESHOON SONNY at least arrives on the back of a recent win and Stephen Carey’s charge may be able to follow up.
The Youmzain gelding showed some fair form over hurdles for Alan King although his chase debut for that handler was a shade disappointing and he only finished fourth to Jack Valentine at Leicester prior to moving to this yard.
He fell on his first start for Carey over the larger obstacles here in March, although he was still in with every chance when departing. But he got on the winning trail when posting a confidence-boosting success at Thurles latest and if he can continue that form back over fences he ought to go close with a clear round of jumping.
6:05 Clonmel – Suir Blueway Mares’ Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m4f
REINE FEE hasn’t tasted victory since 2019 but recent runs suggest the Kalanisi mare may be about to end her losing run and Shane Crawley’s charge is taken to do so here.
She’s made the frame in four of her five starts over fences this term, most recently beaten just a half-length behind Fiveaftermidnight at Navan last month following a short break; she was run down late that day by the winner and the front two had pulled clear.
That form has been boosted since and a 3lbs rise in the weights could prove workable if she can continue at a similar level. She’s also a previous course winner over hurdles and she ought to get involved in the finish.
6:35 Clonmel – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-109) 2m6½f
MARSHALLED has improved for the step up to three miles over fences the last twice, making the frame in starts at Navan and here latterly when beaten just over one length behind West Is Best last month.
Padraig Roche’s charge won over hurdles at this venue back in December 2019 so this venue clearly suits the son of Flemensfirth who can continue in form to get off the mark in this discipline.
His latest outing saw him run down late by the winner and while raised 3lbs for that effort he can remain competitive with this slight drop in trip no concern so no surprise to see him give another good account under Simon Torrens.